Before taking a math course at University of Maryland University College, you are required to take a free placement test. You may also take a placement test before enrolling in writing or French, German, and Spanish language courses.

If you plan on taking placement tests, you should do so immediately upon enrollment in the university. While test results are generally downloaded to students' records on a daily basis, it is strongly recommended that placement tests be taken at least four business days before the last day of term registration. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee your results will be posted in time for you to register for courses.

About Placement Testing at UMUC

To assess your skill levels in math and writing, UMUC uses the nationally recognized assessment exam called Accuplacer. For foreign languages, you can e-mail languages@umuc.edu to find out more about the placement exam. Proper placement in the critical core courses helps us ensure your success and allows you to advance more quickly to your degree goals. Our testing is done online in a proctored setting. There is no cost to you for taking a placement test at UMUC.

Use of calculators, other electronic devices, and study aids are not permitted while taking a placement test. Your final score is used to determine course placement. Keep in mind, you cannot fail a placement test.

Math Placement Test

You are required to take a math placement test before you can enroll into a math course at UMUC. You are exempt from the placement requirement for math only if you are transferring credit demonstrating successful completion of MATH 106 or MATH 107 or if you choose to begin with MATH 009. It is important to take this test early because you are expected to take MATH 106 or MATH 107 within your first 15 credit hours at UMUC.

The math placement test covers three areas. An arithmetic test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. The elementary test measures your ability to perform algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. The college-level test measures your ability to solve problems usually found in college-level mathematics concepts. The Practice Math Placement Test Questions will assist you in preparing for the test.

Writing Placement Test

You are not required to take a writing placement before you register for a writing course at UMUC. However, you may take advantage of the placement test for writing if you would like, but only before registering for a writing course. Even if you choose to take EDCP 103 to review basic writing and grammar skills before enrolling in the introductory writing course, you will still be required to take WRTG 101.

The writing placement test covers two areas: sentence skills, measuring your understanding of sentence structure, and reading comprehension, or how well you understand what you have just read. There is no essay requirement.

How to Take a Math or Writing Placement Test

Students who live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia can sit for math or writing placement tests at the Academic Center at Largo. There are other placement testing sites in Maryland—browse locations to see if a site near you offers testing. The Academic Center at Largo accepts both walk-ins and reservations. Placement tests at other local testing centers are by appointment only. Students who live outside of the local area can use a UMUC-approved alternate site.

Making Reservations for the Math or Writing Placement Test

  • Academic Center at Largo: Reservations can be made by accessing the Placement Exam Registration page after logging into MyUMUC.
  • Other Locations: Contact the location directly by phone for a schedule and to make reservations.

If you plan to take a math or writing placement test at an alternate site, you must submit the site information to Exams and Testing for approval, at least five to seven working days in advance of the date you'd like to take the test(s). Log into MyUMUC to access the Placement Exam Registration page, and then follow the prompts to register your alternate site information. Upon alternate site approval, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation with a "take-by" date. At the same time, your proctor will be e-mailed all necessary information, including your "take-by" date.

If your site is not approved, you will need to submit new information. The site you choose must have Internet access. Please follow any additional rules and policies specific to your alternate testing site as dictated by your proctor. Any site or proctor fees for approved alternate sites are your responsibility.

Foreign Language Placement Test

Please e-mail languages@umuc.edu to determine if you need to take a placement exam in any of the foreign languages offered by UMUC.

You must take a placement test before registering for a language course if you have prior experience with the language or if you are a native speaker of the language. Native speakers are not allowed into most UMUC language courses, with the exception of SPAN 314, SPAN 418, and SPAN 419.

If you transferred from another institution where you took language courses, and your credits transferred to your UMUC transcript, you will be able to register for the next language course in your series and do not need to take the placement test.

The 111 level of language classes are designed for students with no prior experience in the language. If you have already taken a language course at UMUC, you can enroll for the next course in the series without taking the exam.

Please note: Foreign language placement exams cannot be used to satisfy any degree program requirements, earn credits, or substitute for a Course Challenge.

Test Information for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard test conditions, please e-mail Accessibility Services for information on testing accommodations.

Tips for Taking Placement Tests

  • Relax and gather your thoughts. Even though the test is online, the system is easy to use and the test is easy to take.
  • Make sure you understand all directions. Don't be afraid to ask your proctors (when applicable) to repeat instructions you may not have understood. When prompted for your Student ID number, enter your EMPLID number. You can locate this number in MyUMUC by visiting the MyInfo section to view your ID card.
  • Remember—there is no failing grade. Just answer each question to the best of your ability.